5/7/2015 1:59 PM
Spring has arrived and our local Long Island farmers are sending in the latest news on the farm. Everything is in full swing!
Many of the farmers are planting in the fields… broccoli, corn, lettuce, peppers, tomatoes.
Schmitt's Farmstand on Sound
CJ Van Bourgondien Greenhouse
The Sidors, a.k.a. North Fork Potato Chips, reports they are just about to plant potatoes for the season. They held off a bit because of the freeze watch in the last couple of week. “It’s not the first time weather has been a concern and it certainly won’t be the last,” says Cheryl Sidor.
Spinach, a cold crop typically harvested in May and June and then again in the fall, is in full swing, according to Bob Nolan from Deer Run Farms in Brookhaven. Asparagus is also starting to make its way to the stands. And farmers are harvesting and selling either at their farmstand or farmers market or to local food distributors for supermarkets.
Local greenhouse operations are knee deep in Mother’s Day preparations. “Hanging baskets seem to be a favorite this time of year,” says Mark Van Bourgondien. Debbie Schmitt from Schmitts Farm on Sound is also preparing local hanging baskets filled with green goldilocks ivy, licorice plants, shade fuschia’s, begonias and scavola.
Also in the greenhouse… Sang Lee reports harvesting greenhouse baby greens, arugula, spinach, kale, mizula, tatsoi, baby Bok Choy, scallions, radishes, carrots and chard.
Meyer’s Plant and Produce Farm in Woodbury is reporting a full line of vegetable plants for your backyard gardens as well as herbs, hanging baskets and potted flowers.
This time of year it’s not uncommon to purchase fresh farm eggs from many local farmstands. If you’ve never had the opportunity to try a fresh farm egg, you really should. Also don't miss out on some new flavored cheeses at our local dairy farms.
In the world of Wine, most wineries spend their spring bottling, labeling and distributing their wines and of course nurturing and caring for their vines in the vineyard.
Harvesting of any local produce can vary for each farm and timing can vary from year to year depending on weather so be sure to contact them directly for any specific information.
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